Richmond, VA – Two violent felons who escaped from the Bon Air
Juvenile Correctional Center in Chesterfield County, Virginia, are back
behind bars. The Grand Rapids Fugitive Task Force apprehended both
escapees this evening without incident at a hotel in Battle Creek,
During the July 13 escape, a correctional officer was
assaulted, and Rashad E. Williams and Jabar Ali Taylor fled through a
hole that was cut in a perimeter fence, with a getaway vehicle staged
outside of the detention center. Taylor, 20, was serving a sentence for
convictions of two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated
malicious assault. Williams, 18, was previously convicted of malicious
wounding and robbery.
Since the escape, U.S. Marshals pursued
numerous leads in several states, showing that the pair was traveling
together and had initially fled to Pennsylvania. The nearly two-week
fugitive investigation came to an end earlier this evening, 700 miles
away from the scene of the escape.
Around 5:00 p.m., the U.S.
Marshals-led Grand Rapids Fugitive Task Force arrested the pair in the
5700 block of Beckley Road in Battle Creek, Michigan. Assisting with
this evening’s arrest were the following agencies: Michigan State
Police, Battle Creek and Grand Rapids Police Departments, and the
Michigan Department of Corrections. The FBI also provided significant
assistance throughout the fugitive investigation.
investigation and arrest is yet another example of the tenacity and the
“never give up” attitude displayed by Deputy U.S. Marshals and our state
and local law enforcement partners all over this great country. Hours of
dedicated investigative work by our law enforcement team ensured the
safety of the public by getting these very dangerous escapees back into
custody quickly and safely. I hope the efforts of these law enforcement
professionals will in some way allow our citizens in the Commonwealth of
Virginia, and elsewhere, to rest more comfortably tonight,” said Nick E.
Proffitt, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia.
"This evening's apprehension of the escapees from the Bon Air Juvenile
Correctional Center is a result of the extensive investigative efforts
and fortitude demonstrated by state and federal law enforcement," said
Captain Richard Boyd, commander of the Virginia State Police Bureau of
Criminal Investigation's Richmond Field Office. "The U.S. Marshals
Service Fugitive Task Force members, which include Virginia State Police
personnel, are to be commended for their exceptional and exhaustive work
on this case."
Both Williams and Taylor will be held at the
Calhoun County Jail in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency